Saturday, October 17, 2020

Geometric Heart cards - DT project for Paige Evans

Hi there friends,

I'm stopping by today to share my latest projects I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. This time I've made a couple of cards with the Go the Scenic Route collection as well as some other lovely products from Paige & WeR Memory Keepers. 

Have you seen her die set and her embossing folders?! My card making loving heart got super excited when I discovered these products from WeR Memory Keepers, so obviously I had to have them! They are all soooo Paige, I think!

These are really simple cards, that you can create quite fast. I started out by die cutting 6 hearts from white card stock - 3 for each card. I then layered them up to get a nice dimensional piece.

I chose various patterned papers so I could fill the hearts with rainbow colors. I then die cut those pieces too. I then adhered the white hearts onto a piece of heavy weight card stock and fussy cut them out. I added the colorful pieces back in place.

Then I created the card bases. I used a floral paper from the 6x8 paper pad for my background on one of the cards and a ledger paper on the other. I also embossed a white panel, added foam tape to it and adhered it to the ledger paper background. 

I added some foam tape (or rather craft foam - I like to use foam sheets for big areas and shapes) to my hearts and glued them in place.

I then embellished the cards - I actually kept embellishing to a minimum because I didn't want to cover up all the colors. I used a couple of butterflies that I fussy cut out from a patterned paper on this card as well as a sticker for sentiment. On the other card I added a few flowers - I decided to add flowers in the colors that were in the heart beneath them, so that I wouldn't lose the rainbow, if that makes sense?!

To finish off the cards, I added some enamel dots and twine. That's it! Easy peasy right?

I've also filmed my process, for the first time ever. I've been getting requests for years but I just was not up for it, mainly because technology is my worst enemy. Also, because I'm not a performer. I freeze. Stage fright, whatnot. So this video will be far from great, but I hope I'll get better with practice. I won't promise I'll have a video for all my projects, because I don't think I could keep up. Now with corona, my boyfriend works from home, so he is literally around all the time and I just can't speak to myself when anyone is at home. It's the weirdest feeling! So I have to wait for him to go grocery shopping haha!

Anyway, watch it if you want to see how I made these - you can totally turn off the sound, I won't be offended :).

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!



Monday, October 5, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - October 2020

Hi there crafty peeps,

It's that time again! The Spellbinders October Club Kits are here! I'm a little late for the party this month but better late than never, am I right?! I love love love this month's kits, I hope you will too!

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:

You can find all necessary information about these kits here. 

Let's start with the Small Die kit!

I didn't use each die from this set to make these cards - you could actually create a frame design that fits a standard A2 size card, but I decided to just go with a smaller, square shape notecard. The card base is 4.5x4.5".

I die cut each corner piece 3 times then layered them up and glued them together, so I have dimensional pieces. For this card, I die cut the leaves from white card stock and popped them up using foam adhesive. 
Not all of them, just the bigger pieces. I cut strips from a few different colored card stocks and adhered them to my card base. I glued dow the white die cuts too. 

You'll get 3 sentiments with this die kit: Thankful, Grateful and Blessed. For this card, I die cut Thankful from color card stock and 3 times from white card stock. I layered them all together. I then noticed that the sentiment is not gong to fit into the space in the middle, but it was not long enough for me to glue it on top of the white leaves in a way that it would be secure. After much thinking I finally realised what I should do! I die cut the sentiment 6 more times and trimmed off the beginning and end, so basically I just kept "ankfu" - I had to trim off a part of the "f" and I could have kept "h" but all in all it worked out well. The sentiment now sits perfectly in the middle. To finish off this card, I added some twine bow. 

My second card is mostly white - white base, white die cuts (same as on the previous card, 3 layers of die cuts glued together) . Except, I added leaves in most of the colors I used on my other cards too, for the strips. Again, I added foam adhesive to the bigger leaves to add some dimension and interest. 

I thought gold paint splatters would fit the fall colors well, so I added some. Last but not least, I tied a twine bow at the top. 

Next up is the Large Die kit! It's a door people!!! I was so excited about this set because the possibilities seem endless, you can have any kind of colored door, different wreaths for different seasons etc etc. Recently, I saw the most gorgeous front door and wreath on Jen Hadfield's Instagram. Which totally inspired my first card, especially my color choices.

Technically the door opens - but not on my card. I didn't need this feature, so I just glued it down. I die cut each piece from color card stock as well as heavy weight white card stock, because I like my die cuts to be sturdy. I can then add foam adhesive to them without having to worry how everything would hold up. I have foam adhesive behind the envelope/mail box, the door knob, the columns and that top bit I forget the name of. 

You can't see but I put vellum behind the window on the door. Now that I think about it, I could have turned this into a shaker card! I bet it would have been cute.

For my second card, I wanted something more festive for the holidays. So I went with the Jingle All the Way collection from My Mind's Eye. Obviously I had to have a red door! I created this card exactly the same way as the previous one, I just used different papers really. Oh and this time there are no flowers on the wreath. 

For the doormat there are two sentiments: Welcome and Wishes, plus there is a scripty Best to go with Wishes like you see on this card.

I added a few gold accents to this card so that it's more festive!

There you have it, the Spellbinders October Small and Large Die kits! What do you guys think? They are really great or?!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Explore - DT Layout for Paige Evans

Hello there friends,

I hope you guys are doing well! Can you believe it's the last day of September already?! It's insane how months just fly by :(. 

I'm stopping by today to share a new layout with you that I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team. When I saw the new Go the Scenic Route collection, the paper that caught my eye first was the rainbow square paper! I right away thought I'd need to cut some shapes from it once I get my hands on it. So here we are! I went with one of my favorite shapes (after circles), hexagons. I have an old Fiskars hexa punch, it really doesn't cut great but for my purposes today, it was totally fine. If I had wanted to have nice clean edges, I would have used dies.

The size of this punch is perfect for this paper! I punched out all my hexagons, then spent some time on distressing the edges. I don't distress often; I prefer nice, clean edges in most cases, but I needed some dimension and texture here. I don't own a distressing tool, I used to use my nails back when I started scrapbooking haha! These days I use my Tim Holtz scissors (literally the best scissors out there) to do this, because one side is serrated so it does a great job with minimal effort.

I then played around with placement - but more often than not, I end up arranging my hexagons like this, kind of scattered around the page. I wanted to make sure they are grouped by colors too. I didn't have enough dark blue and since it's my favorite color, I just needed to add more - hence the blue spot paper (which by the way comes with a navy foiled look in the 6x8 pad, unfortunately I didn't have it back when I made this layout - that navy foil is absolutely gorgeous!) 

Once I was satisfied with the look, I started to glue things down onto my background paper. I chose a white ledger paper so the colors pop more. I had to turn it upside down because there was a blue text in the top left corner which I wanted to cover up - originally, I didn't have hexagons in that corner. In hindsight, I really didn't need to do this but hey, it's easy to be wise after the event ha! 

I alternated between liquid and foam adhesive, to create a bit of variation and dimension. I layered some tissue paper behind my photo, then glued it down. I tucked in some labels here and there and added a chipboard geo tag on top of my picture.

I kept my embellishing at a minimum - I mainly used chipboards and a few die cut pieces from the ephemera pack. I love adding lots of embellishments, but lately I'm having trouble doing so on my boys layouts - it's a whole new experience scrapping a tween! I used to make such sweet, colorful and fun layouts for my little boy but now that he is so big, I struggle, there's no doubt about it! Awww time, will you please stop?!

Finally, I added my date and wrote up my journaling. Done!

I hope you like this colorful layout, and I could inspire you in some small way! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back with another post soon (possibly with an extra surprise, but that depends on a bunch of things still hehe! Watch this space!).

Have a lovely day! Stay safe!


Go the Scenic Route collection: Paper 19, Paper 21, Paper 12, Chipboard Stickers, Ephemera Die Cuts